It’s Been So Long is the opening track for Toffee EP, by Beach for Tiger, from the UK. It’s a psychedelic rock band that sounds like a mixture between Elvis Costello, Tame Impala and Blur. A pleasant track to listen. The band has been releasing their music since 2015, collecting a few singles, being Toffee their second EP after Beach for Tiger – EP (2016). Toffee, the title track, has been released as a single earlier, and deserves special remarks for its instrumentalism, that dives deeper in the psychedelic rock experimentation, presenting us with lush synthesized textures.
Tonight, by London based producer Little People, is a powerful track, full of rhythmic FMish tunes, nothing more appropriate for a nocturnal mood. Downtempo, quiet slow, not the best fit for the usual club mix, but it’s highly suitable for a chill DJ Set, the ideal company for some drinking or smoking with some friends at night. The bass is something more subtle, with a short decay, pizzicato like. However, the track progresses, turning to something more energetic before fading out in the same way as it started. The track provides us several impressive synth tunes during its arrangement, from standard to experimental sound designs.
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“Gone’ is about losing something or someone abruptly and how that can make you go a bit crazy. Gina’s voice is quite hoarse in the recording, which helps convey the desperation& frustration. There’s also a kind of excitement in that ‘fuck it’ feeling. The track is overall more positive than negative with each chorus ending ‘but I’ll find somewhere to put it’
Gone by The Desert, from Bristol, sounds like traditional trip-hop tracks from the 90s made by fresh artists. That dark feeling, suitable for the night time or grey rainy day. Gone will be part of their latest unreleased EP by Funnel Music. The lyrics are visceral, it makes totally sense if you’re someone who just lost a dear one.
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British duo Maribou State has been featured in Synths of Eden in June with Feel Good and Turnmills. Their new album Kingdoms In Colour, out September 7th on Counter Records, comes together with a series of remixes and reworks, such as Nervous Tics feat. Holly Walker (DJ Tennis Remix). This track sounds like a deep style, with the best instrumentation of Maribou State allied with the creativity inside DJ Tennis that provided us with this superb arrangement and mix.
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Look of Love is the fifth track of the homonymous album released by OLWH, that stands for Only Losers Win Happily, also know as Kelvin Beyioku, from Hertfordshire, UK. The album has many different influences, from indie to jazz, so it’s hard to label it in terms of genre. It has a very characteristic shoegaze style of wet guitar. Many tracks feature singer Freak Slug plus Ash, Ryan Shaw-Hawkins, Fern. You can also more of Kelvin’s works on his Bandcamp page.
It’s an appropriate track for our Spotify playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden:
Electric Sheep is the closing track of UK synthwave producer Console Clones‘s album, Rewind Mankind. A typical dark bass for the style, yet full of compelling melodies that adorn the whole track. The album has been officially released 4th of August in all streaming platforms, with 11 tracks in total. Electric Sheep has an interesting mixing, specially in the drums, not the usual synthwave style of gated reverb, the same applies for the other instruments, it has a more filtered feeling, overall, not that exaggerated reverb in the snare.
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Inspired by an anti-social media movement aimed at building more natural relationships through departure from social technology, ‘Deconnecter’ is a new hip-hop project being released this summer that combines light synths and field recordings from Bristol / Japan to form a lofi bouncing atmosphere, created predominantly as a staging for female vocalists/MC’s
Chilling in Eden‘s newest feature is UK based producer Saro, with a lo-fi instrumental hip-hop track Deconnecter. As mentioned in the quote above, the track was inspired by an anti-social media movement, which is completely respectful due to all the complex problem that social media has caused to society in the recent years. As mentioned in earlier editorials from this blog, we don’t support social media that much, so we abandoned Instagram and use bots for FB, managing only Twitter in the end.
The whole thematics of Saro involve over-consumption, egocentrism and digitality, however they are presented as music in a whole delicate way, with light synths, a lo-fi instrumental hip-hop that is not only about loops. He has been featured in BBC and is making music for 8 years. Currently, he’s working on a full-length record.
This track is a high quality ethereal-indie that has been recently released on Soundcloud. Also, this is the debut track from UV, Marina Elderton, that won the PRS Foundation prize ‘Women Make Music’. We are always open to share new music made by women, specially those with such nice guitar as Defender.
The track hasn’t been officially released yet, but Marina is currently working on her forthcoming EP, that should be released in the coming months.
Besides that, she’s also a award-winning composer, especially for cinema, you check everything she’s been up to in her official website: www.marinaelderton.com
“Turnmills was where we first experienced electronic music in a club setting. It’s a totally different and transformative listening experience and that communal spirit, atmosphere and feeling has inspired the way we’ve made music,” says Liam. “Clubs are such important hubs for music discovery, especially of songs that you might have overlooked in a different setting. Partly through the feeling in the room and also through the memories attached to the records you hear.”
British duo Maribou State has recently released two tracks Feel Good (feat. Khruangbin) – as embedded – and a month ago Turnmills. These are their first releases since their breakthrough album from 2015 Portraits. The duo is formed by Liam Ivory and Chris Davids. Besides being great with their studio work, they are taking their new live show to an European tour, including Sónar 2018. The two tracks combine the best of downtempo electronic music, groove and pretty vocals.
Both mix electronic music production with some organic instruments and amazing vocals. Turnmills has an electric guitar, hypnotizing arpeggiated bass lines while being followed by soft vocals with some chorus at certain points. The track is dedicated to the legendary London nightclub of the same name that closed in 2008, which deserves our respect even more.
As for Feel Good, the track starts with an addictive guitar riff, followed by synths and vocals totally suitable for dancing. Maribou State’s two newest releases have been featured in our playlist Synths of Eden: